McCarron was recalled from AHL St. John's on Friday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports. McCarron was given some time to skate with the minor league team while the Habs were on bye, but now he'll be back with the big club to likely reclaim his roster spot. The spot, however, isn't likely to be anything more than a bottom-six position so don't expect him to put up dazzling fantasy numbers anytime soon.
McCarron was summoned to Montreal on Wednesday. McCarron last appeared in a Canadiens jersey back on Jan. 14, which ended a streak of 15 straight games in the lineup. Given the depth down the middle of Montreal's roster, the 21-year-old may struggle to make an appearance, instead providing some organizational depth.
McCarron was sent back to St. John's of the American Hockey Leauge on Tuesday, Stu Cowan of Hockey Inside Out reports. As injured forwards began to return to the Canadiens' lineup, we knew guys like McCarron or Chris Terry would wind up back in the AHL. McCarron has improved since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, but the fact he's not among the top 12 forwards in Montreal yet tells us that the 21-year-old still has some development left. Montreal general Marc Bergevin said the 6-foot-6, 230-pound McCarron needs to be quicker, particularly those initial strides, and more refinement.
McCarron scored the insurance goal in Montreal's 5-3 win over Toronto on Saturday. He added nine minutes in penalties, two shots and a hit in 12:36 of ice time, including a season-high 3:57 on the power play. The hulking McCarron is known more for the physical nature he brings to a contest, so it's wise not to overreact to the fourth-liner's first goal of the season. What's noteworthy is his stint as the center on the first power-play unit. With several injuries at forward, from time to time, McCarron may be asked to handle a greater load, such as skating on the power play, but scoring is not his forte.
McCarron had an assist, two shots on net, five hits and a blocked shot in 12;25 of ice time in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks. McCarron hadn't played in a game since being called up last week, but Andrew Shaw's concussion gave him an opportunity Friday. He opened the game on the fourth line, but got some time in a top-six role and as well as the power play. The 2013 first-round pick needs some finish to his game before he claims an everyday role with the Habs, but he doesn't cheat on the physical part of the game. With Shaw out indefinitely and Sven Andrighetto (upper body) unable to travel with the team, McCarron should be in the lineup Saturday against the Capitals.
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